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Set in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, where it was also produced, The Wire is part police procedural, part character profile, and part portrait of the American inner city. The show, which aired between 2002 and 2008 on HBO, features a large cast of characters, police officers and criminals alike. Gritty and realistic, The Wire does not shy away from the poverty and struggle in Baltimore's inner-city community or the effects of racism and urban decay on children and families.

With five seasons in total, The Wire examines a new major theme with each passing season. Beginning with Baltimore's drug trade, the overarching story focuses in turn on subjects such as the media, inner city government, and the bureaucracy of the public school system. Each challenging subject affects the characters on a professional and personal level. Though the central thematic focus changes from season to season, the characters continuously face infrastructural collapse and career turmoil as the justice system struggles to succeed

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The Wire Full Episode Guide

  • A damaging report by Pearlman and Daniels gets a reaction from Carcetti, while Haynes finds little support for his concerns about a reporters work from the bosses. Meanwhile, McNulty wants to put a homeless case to an end, Dukie searches for an old mentor and a fallen officer is given a wake.

  • A promising lead makes Freamon's hard work worthwhile, although McNulty doesn't feel like a celebration.

  • A shift in the police department sends Carver to a new location. Meanwhile, Carcetti is forced to put his political future in jeopardy, Haynes digs deeper into Templeton's work, and an important case has a breakthrough by Sydnor, while Fletcher continues working with Bubbles.

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Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Department of Justice on a very important matter: bringing back "The Wire" to HBO for another season. Holder said he was "reminded how great that series was," and stated outright, "I want another season." The good news is that co-creator David Simon is ready and willing to make another season. But, he has one condition, and it's a doozy.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a message of the utmost importance to the well-being of our country yesterday: "Do another season of 'The Wire.'" The Attorney General, along with some of the cast of the critically-acclaimed HBO series, spoke at the Justice Department and directly addressed the creators of "The Wire," Ed Burns and David Simon.

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Early this morning, Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out raids of a number of homes in the Baltimore, Maryland area.   More than 60 people were arrested, reports The Baltimore Sun, including Felicia Pearson, better known as 'Snoop' on the HBO series "The Wire."   The drug busts were part of a five-month investigation by the Baltimore-based DEA.

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